This champagne bottle has just burst open.
- The definition of a burst is a sudden and violent breaking or a sudden display of energy or emotion.
- An example of a burst is a baby chicken pushing out of an egg.
- An example of a burst is a sudden outbreak into tears.
- To burst is defined as to break apart suddenly and with force.
An example of to burst is for a water balloon to pop.
intransitive verb, burst′ing
- to come apart suddenly and violently, as from internal pressure; fly into pieces; break open or out; explode
- to give sudden expression to some feeling; break (into tears, laughter, a tirade, etc.)
- to go, come, start, appear, etc. suddenly and with force: he burst into the room
- to be as full, crowded, or packed as possible
- to be filled (with anger, pride, energy, etc.)
Origin of burstMiddle English bresten, bersten from Old English berstan and Old Norse bresta, both from Indo-European base an unverified form bhres-, to burst, break, crack
- to cause to burst; make explode
- to fill or cause to swell to the bursting point
- the act of bursting; explosion, as of an artillery shell
- the result of a bursting; break; rupture
- a sudden, violent display of feeling
- a sudden, forceful action; spurt: a burst of speed
- a volley of shots, or a single series of shots from an automatic firearm
Origin of burstME burst, brist, a damage, defect, injury < OE byrst, loss
verbburst, burst·ing, bursts
- a. To come open or fly apart suddenly or violently, especially from internal pressure.b. To explode.
- To be or seem to be full to the point of breaking open: The sacks were bursting with grain.
- To emerge, come forth, or arrive suddenly: burst out of the door.
- To come apart or seem to come apart because of overwhelming emotion: thought his heart would burst with happiness.
- To give sudden utterance or expression: burst out laughing; burst into tears.
- To cause to burst: burst the balloon. See Synonyms at break.
- To exert strong pressure in order to force (something) open.
- To separate (a continuous form or printout) into individual sheets.
- A sudden outbreak or outburst; an explosion.
- The result of bursting, especially the explosion of a projectile or bomb on impact or in the air.
- a. The number of bullets fired from an automatic weapon by one pull of the trigger.b. A volley of bullets fired from an automatic weapon: The machine gunner fired a quick burst.
- An abrupt, intense increase; a rush: a burst of speed; fitful bursts of wind.
- A period of intense activity: “I write in very short bursts—10 or 15 minutes” ( Zoe Heller )
Origin of burstMiddle English bursten from Old English berstan
- An instance of, or the act of bursting.
- The bursts of the bombs could be heard miles away.
(third-person singular simple present bursts, present participle bursting, simple past burst or archaically brast, past participle burst or rarely bursten)
- (intransitive) To break from internal pressure.
- I blew the balloon up too much, and it burst.
- To cause to break from internal pressure.
- I burst the balloon when I blew it up too much.
- He burst his lance against the sand below.
- To separate formfeed at perforation lines.
- I printed the report on formfeed paper then burst the sheets.
- (intransitive) To enter or exit hurriedly and unexpectedly.
- To produce as an effect of bursting.
- to burst a hole through the wall